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Runners follow Raisin River at footrace

John MacGillis
Runners follow Raisin River at footrace
Todd Piquette and Stephanie Doyon were two of the racers leaving the footrace with medals (John MacGillis/Seaway News).

WILLIAMSTOWN, Ontario – Shoelaces were tied tightly as runners took off and toured around the Raisin River at the 41st annual Great Raisin River Footrace on Sunday, Aug. 11.

Runners from as young as six-years-old to above the age of 80 competed in both 5 and 11 km races along the south side of the Raisin River, leaving from Sir John Johnson Manor House.

“We had a chilly morning setting up, but it turned into a beautiful day for a great run,” said Jane McLaren, Executive Director of Beyond 21.

This year the race was hosted by Beyond 21 for the first time, with proceeds going to their organization.

“The race has a really longstanding tradition that we tried our best to maintain and the running community came out again this year, which was really great to see,” said McLaren.

Beyond 21 had been involved with the race in previous years but was asked to become the race’s directors, according to McLaren.

Isaac Fraser was the fastest competitor in the 5 km race with a race time of 16 minutes and 37 seconds. Jacob Cameron won the 11 km race with a race time of 34 minutes and 22 seconds, according to the race results. Medals were also awarded to winners of each category, based on age and gender.

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Jenni MacDonald, Dominion Lending, Cornwall, Ontario